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Malaria Fast Facts

Malaria testing (photo courtesy of Paula Bronstein, Getty Images)1. 3.3 billion people (half the world’s population) live in areas at risk of malaria transmission in 109 countries and territories.

2. 35 countries (30 in Sub-Saharan Africa and 5 in Asia) account for 98 percent of global malaria deaths.

3. WHO estimates that in 2008 malaria caused 190-311 million clinical episodes and 708,000-1,003,000 deaths.

4. Malaria is the fifth cause of death from infectious diseases worldwide (after respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, and tuberculosis).

5. 89 percent of the malaria deaths worldwide occur in Africa.

6. Malaria is the second leading cause of death from infectious diseases in Africa, after HIV/ AIDS.

Source: Centers for Disease Control, 2010

Photo courtesy of Paula Bronstein, Getty Images